Increasingly Newman College graduates are finding themselves in ministry situations in Western and Northern Canada where they are being asked to minister with First Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples.  This may be in Aboriginal communities or in urban settings in parishes, schools and chaplaincies in health care or corrections institutions.

Newman College is developing new credit course and non-credit seminar initiatives related to ministry with Aboriginal peoples.   Newman is continuing its sponsorship of the Directions in Aboriginal Ministry summer program in partnership with the Building Bridges program of the Western Bishops.  New initiatives include a noon-hour seminar series “Medicine Wheel Teachings - Stories and Journeys from Canadian Catholic Aboriginal Communities”, and credit courses on interculturation and ministry in Aboriginal community settings.



Exploring Baptism and Aboriginal Sacramentality”

This course “Walking a Sacred Path” will include materials presented at the conference on aboriginal ministry, spirituality and issues, including successes, challenges and major issues facing Aboriginal people of Canada today. The course will allow you to develop a strong theology of interculturation of faith and to further explore a variety of subjects that are directly related to ministry, spirituality, forgiveness and reconciliation.

Course Outline

If you are new to the college you can apply to be an open studies unclassified student.  Apply

Instructor: Sister Eva Solomon, CSJ, D. Min.,

Coordinator of Building Bridges Project,
Assembly of Western Catholic Bishops’ Standing Committee on Aboriginal Affairs.

Phone: 1-204-221-3539.

Cost of Tuition - $657.00 plus fees and the cost of conference. (Registration for the Conference must be made through the Building Bridges Project)

Conference Times:


July 9 — 12, 2014

Sponsored by Assembly of Western Catholic Bishops’ Standing Committee on Aboriginal Affairs and Newman Theological College, Edmonton, AB


Exploring Baptism and Aboriginal Sacramentality”

For Aboriginal and other Canadian people involved in Ministry with/or interested in, Aboriginal people.

Exploring Aboriginal Ministry, Spirituality, Sacramentality and our Catholic Faith


Rosemary Heights Retreat Centre,
3690 152 St,
Surrey, BC, CAN V3S 1W2

Program Speakers and Elders: Bishop Gary Gordon, Archbishop Sylvain Lavoie, OMI, Fr. Patrick Twohy, SJ, Fr. Garry LaBoucane, OMI, Sr. Eva and Priscilla Solomon, CSJ, First Nation Elders, and others.


Registration Cost: $ 400.00

Cancellation Fee: — $ 50.00 Non-refundable

Payable to: Building Bridges Project,
c/o Eva Solomon, CSJ
194 Despins St.
Winnipeg, MB R2H 0L9

Registration Deadline: June 10, 2014

For complete program and information:

Building Bridges Project,
S. Eva Solomon, CSJ, 194 Despins St.
Winnipeg, MB R2H 0L9
Phone: 1-204-221-3539 Email:

For Academic Credit, (participating in the program as a Newman theology course) contact:
Maria Saulnier, Registrar, Newman Theological College Phone: 780- 392-2450 Email:


Medicine Wheel Teachings

Stories & Journeys from Canadian Catholic Aboriginal Communities

This seminar series is designed to explore how Canada’s Catholic Aboriginal communities are engaged in a healing process that will bridge a difficult past with a far brighter future, how they define that process, how they draw on ancient traditions and their modern Catholic faith to make it happen and how this combination can end up enriching the Church in North America.

These seminars are open to everyone.  
No prior knowledge necessary!  
Attendance is free!
Register anytime!

Place: NTC

  • Medicine Wheel Healing: How It Starts & Medicine Wheel and Christian Faith
  • Medicine Wheel Spirituality: A Gift to the Church & Medicine Wheel: A Way of Life
  • Medicine Wheel Healing: How We Teach & Medicine Wheel: Healing and Reconciliation as Social Justice
  • Medicine Wheel as Pastoral Ministry & Medicine Wheel: Reconciliation
  • Medicine Wheel: Community Healing & Medicine Wheel: Healing of Addictions
  • Saint Kateri Tekakwitha: A Healer’s Saint & Truth and Reconciliation

Instructor: Fr. Andrzej (Andrew) Szablewski & Bob McKeon Ph.D. (And Invited Aboriginal Educators)


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